Thursday, June 21, 2012

A new horizon

Summer is in full swing here and I am going to feature some things that are not just for middle school on here as I am piloting a program at my school this summer for students in grades 3 - high school. It is awesome so far!!!

The program I am piloting is Math Camp. Yeah, I know, sounds like math is trying to be fun... well, it is!!! I've dedicated the month of June to elementary school students and have it broken into two two-week sessions. Each class is an hour and a half long and we've focused on mastering math facts, decoding word problems, and above all gaining confidence in our mathematical skills and learning that math is indeed fun!

One of the students' favorite game is the Fact Ball. I took a beach ball and wrote math facts all over the ball in wet erase marker. This allows me to be able to change the facts each day and for each level. We play "hot potatoe" with it and take turns yelling "STOP!" Whoever has the ball when stop is yelled has to answer the fact that is underneath their right hand. It's been a lot of fun so far.

Look for some other fun games that you can also modify for your students during the school year!

I am also working on putting ALL (like over a hundred) math labs that I've created over the past couple of years together in a book to sell in the near future. I'll be promoting it and featuring it on the blog a little later, so keep your eyes peeled!

What fun things are YOU doing this summer???


  1. Oh please, you can't get that book published fast enough!!! I have just found your blog via pinterest and it is WONDERFUL. Keep up the good work. I homeschool my daughters and have been dreaming about hosting a math club for some of their friends. My oldest is currently doing Math Counts but I think she would like something a little more fun. I love Marcy Cook. I went to one of her workshops too but I haven't used any of her stuff recently (I have an 11 and 9 year old). Can you tell me what packs you recommend? I get on her site and get carried away, wanting them all and then in not being able to make a decision I end up not buying any. They especially LOVED Crayon Logic and Turn Over Tiles to Find x. Thank you so much for this wonderful blog you do. I know it is a lot of work to keep it up but it is appreciated!

    1. Thank you so much for the compliment, Ginger! I am working to get that published as soon as possible and will dfinately feature it. Working to get it done by August for the start of the school year! Thanks for the encouragement, and I am so thankful for readers like you! <3